This morning we were looking at the topic of How can we believe the Old Testament? and this is the passage we were looking at – ‘And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit’ [2 Peter 1:19-21 ESV].
It is a tricky passage to grasp as the Greek has more than one way of being understood [so the commentators told me]. In light of what Peter has mentioned just prior to this passage about what the Apostles saw and heard on the Mount of Transfiguration, it seems Peter is telling his readers that what the Apostles saw and heard authenticates the Old Testament, which is the written word of God. The Old Testament speaks about the second coming of Jesus, of which the Apostles had a glimpse of on the Mount of Transfiguration, and therefore the readers can be certain that Jesus is coming again. In light of this fact, believers should read, believe and obey the Word of God.
In the evening we were looking at Exodus 12 and the 10th judgement God brought on the Egyptians. Before the judgement came the Israelites were told to prepare a meal, which they were to enact each year as a reminder of what was about to happen. We looked at the three parts of the meal, the lamb, the unleavened bread and the bitter herbs. They are rich in meaning and point to Jesus who is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The unleavened bread speaks of making haste because they didn’t have time to allow for the bread to rise and there is an urgency needed in coming to Christ our Passover Lamb. We mustn’t delay in coming to Him. The bitter herbs speak of a reminder of what they had been redeemed from, their bitter experiences in Egypt. It is good at times for believers to remember what the Lamb has rescued them from and to.